LeBron James admits quest for three-peat wearing down Miami Heat
“There’s a reason these teams don’t do it. Emotionally, it’s just exhausting to keep doing it year after year, particularly when you have to deal with everything Miami has to deal with on a daily basis, just the constant critiquing and scrutiny on the team, and then you factor in the injuries with Wade and Bosh and their health.”
– TNT analyst Steve Kerr, who was a three-peat champion with the Chicago Bulls, predicting before the season the Heat would not three-peat.
Every night if you are the defending champion you get the other team’s best shot – the last two nights that happened to the Heat in two different boroughs of New York and the Heat were not up for it.
They lost both games, to the Knicks and Nets, another example of the Heat’s lapses we have seen for a couple regular seasons where they don’t bring their best game nightly (although they woke up at the end against the Nets certainly).
After the game LeBron James admitted that the grind is mentally wearing the Miami Heat down, something reported by Ken Berger at CBSSports.com.
“It’s a long and grueling season for all of us, not just us because we’re the champs,” James said after fouling out for only the sixth time in his career and the first time in a regular season game since 2008.
“We’ve played a lot of basketball in our four years together. It’s taken a lot of wear and tear on all our bodies. It’s mentally fatiguing. And you just try to find the motivation the best way you can as an individual and as a collective group…
“We’re banged up right now,” James said. “We’re not an excuse team right now, but we’ve got three starters [out]. And even though we’ve got a lot of depth, it’s hard to make up for three starters being out, so we could all use a break for sure.”
Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier were out injured against the Nets, the kind of nagging ones the Heat like to treat with rest during the season.